Design changes, possible spec upgrades, and what our Z Fold 3 reviewer wants to see from Samsung’s 2022 foldable.
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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 offers an incredible experience, really capturing the promise of a foldable phone for a wide audience. While Samsung’s flagship foldable holds up today, anyone interested in buying one may want to wait. Rumors suggest the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will arrive this summer.
We say “may” because most rumors indicate that Samsung won’t make many substantial changes between the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Fold 4, tweaking the design and adding the latest Qualcomm hardware but not solving some of our wishlist fixes like a built-in S Pen slot or better battery life. On the other hand, leakers are claiming the Z Fold 4 could have the same 108MP sensor as the S22 Ultra, a major upgrade for photography fans.
Keeping in mind that many of these rumors may prove false as we get closer to release, here’s everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, along with every feature we hope Samsung adds to its new foldable phone.Sponsored LinksDo You Speak English? You can work remotely from Pakistan for a USA employerUSA Job from Home | Search Ads
PRICE AND RELEASE DATE
Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) CEO Ross Young, who has a pretty solid track record with phone leaks, tweeted in mid-April that “phone production for July is more than double what it was for the Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3. Pointing to a very strong launch. Might see a price cut.”RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…CLOSEhttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.516.0_en.html#goog_21275011000 seconds of 21 minutes, 49 secondsVolume 0% PLAY SOUND
The Z Fold 3 shipped at $1,799, $200 cheaper than the Z Fold 2. This rumor, coupled with a Naver leak suggesting Samsung had focused on providing the same quality at a lower mass production cost, could mean that we might see a Galaxy Z Fold 4 that dips even further in price, perhaps down a further $200 to $1,599.
That’s still not what we’d call affordable, of course; the real price will depend on whatever trade-in deals Samsung and local carriers offer.
Focusing on the other significant part of Young’s leak, he says production will ramp up in July. Major production usually leads the phone release by 1-3 months, and the last two Fold models launched in late August and September, respectively. This timeline would track with a similar 2022 release.
Another rumor points to three Samsung foldables arriving in the second half of 2022: the Z Flip 4, Z Fold 4, and a third foldable codenamed “Diamond” that could have a “scrolling screen” or rollable design. In theory, Samsung will announce all three phones during a summer Unpacked event.
Back in February, our first major Galaxy Z Fold 4 leak suggested the phone would have a built-in S Pen slot, which indicated the phone would get thicker to accommodate it. The Z Fold 3 had nowhere to put its S Pen unless you bought a case with a silo, making it easy to lose.
However, a more recent Ice Universe leak firmly countered this rumor, as the leaker claimed Samsung would make the Z Fold 4 “a little smaller and thinner” instead. Another leaker, @chunvn8888, independently claimed his source said the S Pen slot was “officially dead” because Samsung ran out of time to implement the design.
So if you want a Samsung phone with a built-in stylus, you’ll have to turn to the Galaxy S22 Ultra or an older Note instead.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=androidcentral&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfX0%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1511158090795786241&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.androidcentral.com%2Fphones%2Fsamsung-galaxy-z-fold-4&sessionId=26d8078fad413fc24052bce3bd37108730eb8d83&siteScreenName=androidcentral&theme=light&widgetsVersion=c8fe9736dd6fb%3A1649830956492&width=550pxSee more
In terms of how Samsung will make the phone lighter and cheaper to make, leaker @TheGalox_ claims the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will have just one durable hinge, which could theoretically cut down on the Fold 3’s infamous crease and bring the display closer in quality to the OPPO Find N.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 weighs 271g (9.56 oz.) and measures 16mm (0.63 in.) thick when folded, significantly heavier and twice as thick as most phones. Cutting down in either category, even by a small margin, could offer a significant quality-of-life improvement.
Another recent Z Fold 4 display rumor from Ross Young indicated its inner and outer displays wouldn’t change much in size and aspect ratio. Both the Z Fold 4 and the Pixel Fold will allegedly have a 7.6-inch foldable display, same as the Z Fold 3. As for the cover display, it will reportedly have a similar 6.19-inch outer display, whereas the Pixel Fold will adopt a 5.8-inch cover with a wider aspect ratio.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=androidcentral&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-1&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfX0%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1523632198007500801&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.androidcentral.com%2Fphones%2Fsamsung-galaxy-z-fold-4&sessionId=26d8078fad413fc24052bce3bd37108730eb8d83&siteScreenName=androidcentral&theme=light&widgetsVersion=c8fe9736dd6fb%3A1649830956492&width=550pxSee more
This isn’t to say the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will be completely unchanged from its predecessor. Ice Universe claims the inner and outer displays’ aspect ratios will change from 5:4 to 6:5 and 24.5:9 to 23:9, respectively. In other words, the Z Fold 4 could measure slightly wider (but shorter) for both displays.
Other design elements will remain the same. Samsung tested dual in-display fingerprint sensors but wasn’t happy with the result, and reportedly punted the feature to the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Flip 5 instead. So for this year, you’ll have the same side sensor as before.
Depending on your perspective, you could look at the hypothetical Galaxy Z Fold 4 design as Samsung not messing with a winning formula or as Samsung prioritizing a yearly release before it was ready to implement major changes.
According to another recent Ice Universe leak, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus, the rumored mid-year refresh that will reportedly solve the throttling issues spotted in early 2022 phones like the Galaxy S22. That should give the phone a decent performance upgrade over the Snapdragon 888 found in the Z Fold 3.
Otherwise, you can assume the Fold 4 will retain the same 12GB of memory and 256GB or 512GB of storage as the last model, with no expandable storage.
Also like the Z Fold 3, the Z Fold 4 displays will be AMOLED with 120Hz refresh rates and pixels-per-inch in the high 300s.
One leak with massive implications is Dohyun Kim’s tweet that the Z Fold 4 will use the same 108MP sensor as the Galaxy S22 Ultra — crushing the 12MP sensor on the Z Fold 3. We’ve heard that foldable phones need small sensors to fold properly, so if Samsung managed to squeeze its best ultra-zoom sensor into a compact package, that would be a major win for its design team.
Leaker @chunvn8888 jumped into Kim’s replies to claim it would have all the same sensors as the S22 Ultra except for the periscope sensor: the 12MP 120º ultra-wide and 10MP telephoto with 3X optical zoom. An earlier spec rumor corroborated that Samsung’s new foldable would get the 10MP telephoto lens, compared to the 12MP sensor with 2X optical on the Z Fold 3.
Unfortunately, Ice Universe also claims the Z Fold 4 will have the same 4,400mAh battery and 25W charging as its predecessor. In our review, we found the Z Fold 3 could barely last a day in regular use and would only last 2 to 3 hours while gaming. So the Z Fold 4 will likewise require you to keep a portable charger on hand.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 uses Android 12 with One UI 4.1, offering useful multitasking software to take full advantage of the tablet-sized unfolded display. It’s the same software the Z Fold 4 should launch with, given stock Android 13 will likely launch around late summer or early fall, and One UI 5 likely won’t roll out until December.
Since Samsung recently promised four OS updates and five years of security updates to all recent flagships, that should apply to the Galaxy Z Fold 4 as well. So it should progress to Android 16 and receive security updates through late summer in 2027, giving it plenty of longevity.
SEVEN THINGS WE WANT TO SEE FROM THE GALAXY Z FOLD 4
Of all the phones that came out in 2021, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 was my favorite. It took the Z Fold 2’s design and added water resistance, S Pen support, better built-in screen protectors, and a better outer display with a higher refresh rate. But foldables are still a pretty new concept and, as such, there are plenty of things to improve.
Surprisingly, most of the things I want to see improved from the Galaxy Z Fold 3 are not hardware-related changes — although there are still a few improvements I’d love to see. Mostly, though, it’s the software that I want to see improved and refined. Android 12L was made with foldables in mind and I expect those improvements to carry on to foldables that debut in 2022, like the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
1. Flattening the crease
Yes, I did say I mostly wanted software changes for the fourth iteration of the Z Fold series, but my primary request revolves around that’s right in the middle of the large inner screen.
There’s little doubt that most Galaxy Fold users — no matter if that’s Galaxy Fold 1, 2, or 3 — would agree that they could go without the giant crease in the middle of their smartphone’s screen. I said the same thing on the Galaxy Z Flip 4 wish list for a reason: that crease needs to go.
The OPPO Find N proved that large foldables don’t have to have a display crease.
While Samsung significantly improved the look and feel of its displays on Z Fold phones over the past few years, the crease itself hasn’t gotten any better. Understandably, the past few years have had Samsung’s engineering team